Literature

Tomi Adeyemi Shares The Cover Art For Her Upcoming Fantasy Debut 'Children of Blood and Bone'

Tomi Adeyemi shares the cover art for her highly-anticipated debut novel 'Children of Blood and Bone.'

DIASPORA—Back in April, news surfaced that first-time novelist Tomi Adeyemi's upcoming debut, Children of Blood and Bone had been picked up by Fox 2000 for a film adaptation.


Today, the writer has shared the highly-anticipated book's cover with Teen Vogue, as well as details about the upcoming fantasy novel.

The 23-year-old writer tells Teen Vogue that she wanted to cover to illustrate the "power, beauty and blackness" of the book's central character, Zélie. The artwork is by children's book illustrator and designer Rich Deas.

Children of Blood and Bone, which is the first installment in what is to become a trilogy, tells the story of 17-year-old Zélie who is on a mission to bring magic back to her hometown, Orïsha. The book follows Zélie as she battles a ruler who intends to eradicate magic for good.

"We live in a time where men, women, and children of color are being dehumanized and oppressed and unjustly murdered," says Adeyemi. "Though my book is an epic fantasy, it’s directly tied to all of that pain. There is so much we need to do to rectify these wrongs, and I strongly believe art and education is a big part of that effort. Getting different people to see the 'other' as human beings is greatly needed, and art and education is an incredible way to do that."

Read the full exclusive, here.

Children of Blood and Bone drops on March 6, 2018, you can preorder it now.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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